'Modern Family' star Nolan Gould finds it 'surreal' that the ABC show he grew up on is ending
Nolan Gould was only 10 years old when he was signed on to play Luke Dunphy on 'Modern Family'. It has been 11 years and Gould spoke to MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) about growing up on a TV set and his feelings about to the long-running show coming to an end
'Modern Family', one of the last big sitcoms on TV, is airing its final and 11th season on ABC. This season, which premiered September 25, will wrap up by the beginning of 2020. MEA WorldWide (MEAWW) caught up with Nolan Gould, who plays Luke Dunphy, at an event hosted by Regard Magazine and Foundation For A Slavery Free World.
Gould told MEAWW, in an exclusive interview, that despite the end in sight, ‘Modern Family’ is still very much part of his current reality. "I am seeing three or four months of solid work in front of me. It is coming to an end but I still have to get up at 5 a.m. tomorrow. So for me, it's not done yet," said Gould.
But the 20-year-old actor admitted there have been moments on set when he has found himself thinking of the show's imminent end. "We were waiting to go on set, sitting in our chairs, when it hit me that this time, next year, we won't be sitting here, which is crazy because we always are, for the last 11 years," he said, describing the moment as "surreal".
Gould joined the cast of 'Modern Family' in 2005 when he was just 10. So, we have seen him grow up on-screen. When asked if it was scary to think about transitioning into something new, especially after being part of a familiar setup for so long, Gould explained why he was more than ready.
"If there is a [way of] preparation for anything in the world, it's growing up on a TV show. I feel once you grow up and you don't get to go to high school, you don't go to any school and you grow up in that weird world... 'Modern Family' has been great but it's still a weird world to grow up in. So if I can do that, I can be OK with anything I end up in," he added.
Check out the video interview here:
Over 11 years, Luke has got into some pretty interesting situations. But Gould's favorite scene, by far, is the 'Godfather' ending sequence of episode 13, 'Fulgencio', in season 4, where scenes of Phil Dunphy reciting the vows of renunciation during the Christening is intercut with scenes of his son Luke carrying out various acts of retaliation against those who were causing problems for the family earlier in the episode.
"My favorite moment for Luke was in that Godfather-like sequence where Luke is wreaking havoc. I just had a lot of fun shooting that [sequence] when I was 13 years old," he said.
'Modern Family' airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC.